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8 Bits = 1 Byte 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte 1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte 1024 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte 1024 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte 1024 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte
1 yottabyte |
Transfer rates are generally shown in either Kbps or KBps and Mbps or MBps. The
difference is Kilobit/Megabit vs. KiloByte/MegaByte. Getting Mbps and MBps confused
can make your data transfers seem much slower or much faster than they really are.
56 Kbps = 7 KBps - Average Dial-up Modem Speed
768 Kbps = 96 KBps - Common DSL Speed
10 Mbps = 1.25 MBps - Standard Ethernet Speed
100 Mbps = 12.5 MBps - Fast Ethernet Speed
1 Gbps = 125 MBps - Gigabit Ethernet Speed
* Assumes maximum transfer rate during entire transfer.
For a little added frame of reference, round 1 Gigabyte down to
an even 1 billion bytes. Now think of seconds in place of bytes...
1 billion seconds = 31.69 years. (Want to use minutes instead of
seconds? - 1 billion minutes = 1901.29 years.)
Curious about a Yottabyte’s worth of seconds? Well, it works
out to be 324,486,019,215,656.45 Centuries. (Yes, centuries.)
That’s 324+ Trillion centuries. |

Copyright © 2003 Ronald Williams |